The Best of the Day preview takes it to the hoop with NBL tips for Sydney Kings’ chance for redemption against South East Melbourne Phoenix.
19:30 (AEST) @ Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
History: Played 6: Kings 5 V Phoenix 1
Last meeting: April 11, 2021: Phoenix 98 d Kings 84 at Qudos Bank Arena
Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview a crucial NBL Round 14 showdown between Sydney Kings and South East Melbourne Phoenix.
— Sydney Kings (@SydneyKings) April 12, 2021
The 10-12 Kings are in a tough spot, slipping to sixth with four losses in their last five games. They crashed to a 98-84 home loss to the Phoenix on Sunday.
The Kings shot out to an early lead before the Phoenix won the last three quarters.
Jarell Martin (23 pts, 7 reb) was strong in a beaten Sydney side. But Mitch Creeck (26 pts, 5 reb) and Ben Moore (20 pts, 7 reb) steered SEM to a comfortable victory.
The victory was the Phoenix’s first against the Kings after losing the first five encounters between the clubs. The Kings prevailed 91-85 during the NBL Cup last month.
The 13-9 Phoenix have surged to third with seven wins from their last nine games.
SEM are averaging more points than any team in the NBL, but they rank seventh defensively.
"We keep growing as a team."
The key takeaways from yesterday's win in Sydney.
— South East Melbourne Phoenix (@SEMelbPhoenix) April 12, 2021
The Phoenix are narrow $1.87 favourites to grab their second win in Sydney in five days. Meanwhile, the over also shapes as a sound Best of the Day play in this one.